Q&A: How Do I Stop Being Average?
Complacent is the enemy of extraordinary.
People tend to get into a pattern of routine. Wake up. Go to work. Go home. Watch TV. Go to sleep. Before you know it, years of your life have passed with most days bleeding indistinguishably into the next.
You’re financially comfortable. You don’t hate your job (but you don’t love it either). You have your simple pleasures—favorite TV shows on Monday and Thursday nights, drinks with friends every month, cappuccino from a beloved coffee chain a few times a week.
That’s all fine. There’s nothing in your life is so desperately bad that it really needs to change. Everything’s just kind of average.
But what if average isn’t good enough for you?
To stop being average, you have to stop settling for “just okay.”
You need to “show up” to your life. Every. Single. Day. No more driving through life on auto-pilot.
To do that, you should start developing your sense of “self-awareness.” What are you good at? What do you suck at? How can you not suck at it?
Most people will never practice this level of self-awareness. That’s because the ego is a fragile thing. We don’t like to admit to ourselves that we need to change ourselves if we want our lives to improve.
Simply by identifying your faults and planning for improvement, you’ll already be leagues ahead of most of the people around you. Now, if you actually manage to stick to that plan (and not fall back into complacency), you’ll be on the path to extraordinary.